24-hr blood pressure in HDT-bed rest and short-lasting space flight.

John M. Karemaker, Janneke Gisolf, Wim J. Stok, Gert A. van Montfrans

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In 2 ESA-cosmonauts we compared the 24-hr profiles in blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) to those that we had observed in an earlier head-down tilted (HDT) bed rest study. In view of the lack of gravitational stress, an attenuated profile was expected, as in HDT. To obtain a full profile we measured automatic upper-arm cuff measurements in 2 cosmonauts, combined with PortapresTM recordings in one. Unlike HDT, actual microgravity did not result in attenuated circadian profiles. The levels of systolic and diastolic pressures tended to be slightly lower in flight. Only nighttime heart rate was significantly lower in Space.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Gravitational Physiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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